Pope gifts Trump texts on peace, environmentalism

  • Pope gifts Trump texts on peace, environmentalism

Pope gifts Trump texts on peace, environmentalism

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday and they exchange gifts.

Religion has been a recurring theme during the visit to the Middle East and Italy by the first lady and Mr. Trump.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the Cardinal Secretary of State brought up climate change when meeting with Trump and encouraged him not to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. But after a half-hour meeting behind closed doors, Francis seemed to have cheered up considerably. He asked if she fed her husband "potica", which is a traditional cake in Slovenia and it resulted in laughs all around.

The meeting was keenly awaited as the two men have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change.

The books and the granite were a nod to Pope Francis' 2015 address to Congress, in which he praised King's civil rights legacy, the White House said.

The first lady previously made headlines when she skipped the headscarf during their visit to Saudi Arabia. The whole Comey thing lasted like 4 days and the most recent "news" from the White House is how Melania Trump keeps trying to avoid holding Donald Trump's hand.

Mr Trump gave the pope a boxed set of five first-edition books by murdered USA civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The pope also gave Trump a medallion depicting an olive branch as a symbol of peace.

The Pope and Mr Trump discussed the Middle East, worldwide affairs and the protection of Christian communities around the world, but he was in a more jovial mood with First Lady Melania Trump, asking in Spanish through his interpreter as he pointed towards the President: "What do you give him to eat?"

To show you the depravity of the human heart, I'd rather join a séance with the lovely but evil Trump ladies than have an audience with Pope Francis.

Trump's family members have featured prominently on his first overseas trip. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.

When Trump left, he told the pope: "Thank you, I won't forget what you said". "Blessings to all", she noted in a follow-up tweet along with a photo of her meeting the pope.

Ivanka and Jared were a constant presence at Trump's side in Israel.

Later on Wednesday, Mr Trump will fly to Brussels, where significant protests are expected.